Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

The Senators are entering a full rebuild, with owner Eugene Melnyk announcing his intentions to bring plenty of fresh faces into the lineup in the coming seasons during a sit-down interview with defenceman Mark Borowiecki released by the team earlier this week.

Patience paid off on the eve of the start of training camp. "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place".

Wilson said the Sharks felt they had to pay a high price to get Karlsson.

In exchange for Karlsson, the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a first-round pick in 2020, a second-round selection in 2019, and two conditional picks. If San Jose re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second-round selection - or a first-round pick (not lottery protected) if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2019. Norris was a 2017 first-round pick by the Sharks, and posted eight goals and 23 points in 37 games with his freshman season with MI past year.

The deal is sure to be a defining moment for a team that has had all kinds of problems on and off the ice in recent months. "Shape our future with all these core pieces while adding a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice". "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term".

"It wasn't just about the captain, it was about everyone", Dorion said.

However, this is a game of chicken and as an National Hockey League source added: "none of us are quite sure if Dorion has a point he gets serious and moves him for a little less to cut their losses". "The ball will be in his court".

"I think they made it very clear in what direction they were going with and unfortunately I wasn't part of that and I respect that it's their decision", he said. He's expressed that to us, that we are a place he'd like to be, and same thing [for] us back to him. From my point of view, that's sad. "Even though there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, I never thought in my wildest imagination I was going to leave this place".




Asked about Melnyk, Melbourne said it was time to get him "out of here".

Selling that to the fans may be hard, though.

The 19-year old Norris was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Sharks.

Karlsson has been one of the top defensemen and arguably one of the top players in the league over the course of his nine-year career and carried the Senators to within one goal of an Eastern Conference title in 2017 despite playing with two hairline fractures in his heel. With Karlsson in the fold, it's likely the Sabres will have the Sharks pick at the next draft. Sometimes you have to wait a little bit more time. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on". His comments led to the creation of the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter, which prompted him to eventually backtrack on his chatter about relocation.

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.

He ended up staying put, but tragedy struck in March when Karlsson and his wife Melinda announced their first child, a son they named Axel, was stillborn.

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson. He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged.

Karlsson's reaction to the news is not so surprising.

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